Category: Firm News

Crain Caton & James Welcomes Litigation Attorney Alex Cohn

Crain Caton & James is pleased to announce Alexander  W. (Alex) Cohn joined the Firm as a commercial litigation and banking and financial institutions associate. Alex served as an Assistant District Attorney for more than 5 years with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office before joining Crain Caton & James. Here, he gained invaluable experience […]

Written by on May 31, 2022

Crain Caton & James Environmental Attorney Named to Chambers and Partners Directory

Please join us in congratulating James E. (Jim) Smith for being ranked by Chambers and Partners since 2005. Jim is a shareholder in the Environmental, Health and Safety practice. Jim principally focuses on environmental and safety matters including defense of enforcement actions, compliance counseling, and supporting transactions. In addition to trying cases and arguing appeals […]

Written by on May 13, 2022

Lis Pendens Notices: Is It Time For A Change In Texas Law?

by Dave Polsinelli | Shareholder, Commercial Litigation When it comes to real estate litigation, one of the most common procedures implemented is the filing of a lis pendens notice. Unfortunately, lis pendens notices are not always used properly, as they are often filed just to harass or obtain leverage over a property owner. This article […]

Written by on April 21, 2022

Enforceability of Online Arbitration Agreements

by Kristina Cunningham | Senior Associate, Banking Litigation Many businesses now offer services online, whether through a website or app.  In doing so, businesses often have users agree to the terms and conditions, which may include an arbitration agreement.  To ensure that arbitration agreements are enforceable, businesses should be mindful in how their web or […]

Written by on April 21, 2022

Local Agencies Play a Key Role in Houston Area Environmental Enforcement

by Jim Smith | Shareholder, Environmental Most commercial leases require the landlord to maintain the common areas of the shopping center or building in which the tenant’s business is located.  Common areas are sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, service areas, landscaping and other areas and facilities designed for the common and joint use and benefit of […]

Written by on April 21, 2022

Two Attorneys Named to Texas Rising Stars List

Crain Caton & James congratulates Anna V. Kavanaugh and David A. Polsinelli for being named to the 2022 edition of the Texas Rising Stars list published by Super Lawyers.  To be on the Rising Stars list, attorneys must be 40 or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.  No more than 2.5 percent […]

Written by on March 22, 2022

Crain Caton & James Represents In-Depth in Legal Vindication

HOUSTON, TX, February 23, 2022 – In a four-year David v. Goliath battle, Crain Caton & James successfully defends In-Depth Geophysical, Inc. and In-Depth Compressive Seismic, Inc (In-Depth) against patent infringement and Lanham act claims asserted by ConocoPhillips. In-Depth began developing compressive sensing technology in 2016, which includes its patented Compressive Seismic Acquisition (“CSA”) software […]

Written by on February 24, 2022

Sarah Sokol Clark Listed on Houstonia Magazine’s Top Lawyer List

Crain Caton & James is proud to announce that Sarah Sokol Clark, Of Counsel in the Estate, Trust and Wealth Planning Practice, appears as a Top Lawyer in Wills, Trusts & Estates in Houstonia Magazine.  Sarah has been listed since 2016 and is known for her exceptional abilities in developing comprehensive and complex estate plans. Sarah […]

Written by on January 20, 2022

Crain Caton & James Announces Executive Committee Changes

Crain Caton & James is pleased to announce that Mindy McGehee Riseden  has been named Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee and President of the Firm, and C. Vance Christopher has been elected to the Firm’s Executive Committee. Executive Committee member Peter G. Nemeth states, “I can’t think of anyone more qualified than Mindy to lead […]

Written by on January 12, 2022

Kristina Cunningham and Keith Taylor Promoted to Senior Associates

We’re thrilled to announce that Kristina L. Cunningham and Keith A. Taylor have been named senior associates effective January 1, 2022. “When Kristina and Keith joined the firm, they hit the ground running. They are effective and talented attorneys who have a proven track record of working well with clients and delivering results.   They […]

Written by on January 5, 2022

H. Miles Cohn

H. Miles Cohn 1955-2021 Crain Caton & James is deeply saddened by the passing of H. Miles Cohn, who was a beloved member of our Firm for more than 8 years.  Miles practiced law in the Houston community for more than 37 years and was known for his extraordinary intelligence, impressive legal skills, and most […]

Written by on November 11, 2021

Crain Caton & James Welcomes Two New Attorneys

Crain Caton & James Welcomes Two New Attorneys Houston, TX, November 9, 2021 – Crain Caton & James is pleased to announce that Sarah Sokol Clark and Suzanne Perry recently joined the Firm.  Sarah is Of Counsel in the Estate, Trust and Wealth Planning Practice and Suzanne is an associate in the Fiduciary Litigation and […]

Written by on November 10, 2021

Sarah Patel Pacheco Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® List

Crain Caton & James, P.C. attorney Sarah Patel Pacheco was recently recognized on the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers List for Litigation – Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates. Sarah has appeared on The Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates Specialties since 2007 and The Best Lawyers in America in Litigation – Trusts and Estates Specialties since […]

Written by on October 21, 2021

Crain Caton & James represented Synergy Offshore LLC in the sale of certain oil and gas assets to U.S. Energy Corp

HOUSTON, October 14, 2021 – Crain Caton & James represented Synergy Offshore LLC in the sale of certain oil and gas assets to U.S. Energy Corp. (NASDAQCM: USEG).  Additional sellers include Lubbock Energy Partners LLC, and certain entities controlled by Sage Road Capital, LLC. Under the terms of the agreements, U.S. Energy Corp. (“U.S. Energy”) […]

Written by on October 14, 2021

Crain Caton & James Welcomes Experienced Real Estate Attorney

Crain Caton & James Welcomes Experienced Real Estate Attorney Houston, TX, September 24, 2021 – Crain Caton & James is pleased to announce Sally J. Clark joined the Firm as a commercial real estate transactional lawyer.  Sally gained a broad spectrum of commercial real estate experience over the course of her career serving as in-house […]

Written by on September 24, 2021

Crain Caton & James Lawyers Selected to 2021 Texas Super Lawyers List

Crain Caton & James is delighted to announce 11 lawyers have been selected to the 2021 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Darlene Payne Smith (Estate & Trust Litigation) Robert E. (Robin) […]

Written by on September 22, 2021

Fourteen Crain Caton & James Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® List

August 12, 2021 -Crain Caton & James is pleased to announce that 14 lawyers have been included in The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition). Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect […]

Written by on August 20, 2021

Eight Crain Caton & James Attorneys Included in 2022 Edition of the Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch List

Houston, Texas, August 12, 2021 – Crain Caton & James congratulates eight attorneys for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers Ones to Watch list (2022 edition).  Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers […]

Written by on August 20, 2021

Crain Caton & James Welcomes Financial Institutions Litigator

Houston, TX, August 5, 2021 – Crain Caton and James is pleased to announce that Philip C. Reeves joined the Banking and Financial Institutions Litigation Practice as an associate. Philip represents lenders, mortgage servicers and other financial institutions in state and federal district and appellate courts in suits related to mortgage lending, security interest enforcement […]

Written by on August 5, 2021

Need CLE?

Join our very own Kathleen Tanner Beduze for a live webcast at The University of Texas School of Law Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ 23rd Annual Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference held on August 5-6, 2021.  Kathleen will be speaking on Temporary Guardianships and Other Emergency Relief in a […]

Written by on July 22, 2021

Need CLE?

Adrienne Randle Bond, Corporate Business and Tax Shareholder, will be speaking on Statutory Trust at the UT Law CLE 30th Annual LLCS, LPS and Partnerships Conference.  Register for this live webcast from July 7-9, 2021 and receive 12.00 CLE hours/3.00 Ethics.

Written by on June 30, 2021

Need MCLE credits? Register for Solvency Issues, M&A, and Distributions CLE

Join our very own Adrienne Randle Bond for a webcast on Solvency Issues, M&A, and Distributions at the Texas State Bar’s Choice Governance & Acquisition of Entities Conference on May 21. at 11:30 a.m.  By attending the conference, you will receive 7.0 hours of MCLE credits (including 2.5 hours of ethics). To attend or find additional information, […]

Written by on May 10, 2021

Gabriela M. Barake recognized on Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star List

We are pleased to announce CCJ’s Gabriela M. Barake has been selected to the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars List (2021 edition) for Employment and Labor. This is her second year to be on the list. She was also listed on the Best Lawyers Ones to Watch List in 2021. Gabriela focuses her practice in […]

Written by on April 5, 2021

David A. Polsinelli recognized on Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star List

Crain Caton & James congratulates David A. Polsinelli who has been selected to the 2021 Texas Rising Stars list published by Super Lawyers. This is Dave’s third consecutive year to be named to this list. Dave focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He routinely handles disputes involving […]

Written by on April 1, 2021

Anna V. Kavanaugh recognized on Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star List

Congratulations to Anna V. Kavanaugh for being selected to the 2021 Texas Rising Stars list published by Super Lawyers.  This is her third year to be recognized.  Anna assists clients with wealth planning, trusts, and estate administration. Her experience includes the preparation of traditional documents such as wills, trusts (revocable and irrevocable), advance directives, and […]

Written by on March 31, 2021

Joshua R. Flores recognized on Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star List

Crain Caton & James congratulates Joshua R. Flores who is recognized for a fifth consecutive year as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2021 for his success in Estate, Trust, and Fiduciary Litigation. Josh has been annually recognized as a Top Lawyer in Houston by both Houstonia and H-Texas Magazines for his accomplishments in […]

Written by on March 30, 2021

Kathleen Tanner Beduze recognized on Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star List

Crain Caton & James congratulates Kathleen Tanner Beduze for being recognized on Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars List for her achievements in Estate and Trust Litigation. This is Kathleen’s sixth consecutive year (2016-2021) to appear on the Rising Stars List. She was also on the Best Lawyers in America List for Litigation -Trusts and Estates […]

Written by on March 29, 2021

Five Attorneys Named to 2021 Texas Rising Stars List

Crain Caton & James congratulates attorneys Gabriela M. Barake, Kathleen Tanner Beduze, Joshua R. Flores, Anna V. Kavanaugh and David A. Polsinelli for being named to the 2021 edition of the Texas Rising Stars list published by Super Lawyers.  To be on the Rising Stars list, attorneys must be 40 or younger or in practice […]

Written by on March 25, 2021

Crain Caton & James Welcomes Two New Business and Financial Services Lawyers

HOUSTON, TX, March 16, 2021 – Crain Caton & James is pleased to announce the addition of two business and financial institution litigators, William (Pat) Huttenbach and Kristina L. Cunningham.  Pat joins the firm as a shareholder with more than 23 years of experience and Kristina joins as an associate with more than 13 years […]

Written by on March 16, 2021

Crain Caton & James Welcomes Estate Planning Shareholder

Crain Caton and James is pleased to announce that Anna Valkovich Kavanaugh joined the Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate Practice as a shareholder.  Anna’s practice concentrates in the areas of wealth transfer planning, trust formation, and probate law.  She also handles a wide variety of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation and governance, […]

Written by on January 12, 2021

Crain Caton & James Elects New Shareholder

HOUSTON January 5, 2021 – Crain Caton & James announces the promotion of David A. Polsinelli to shareholder, effective January 1, 2021.  “Dave is a talented and highly effective trial lawyer with an innate ability to grasp difficult concepts quickly while identifying supporting facts.  Clients are impressed with his thoroughness, attention to detail, and composure […]

Written by on January 7, 2021

The Essence of Life is Giving

“The essence of life is giving,” states Jim McIngvale, (Mattress Mac), in his latest Holiday message to Houston.  Attorneys and employees of Crain Caton & James wholeheartedly agree with his belief. It has become a firm tradition to embrace the Adopt-an-Angel program, which is one of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation’s (HYLF’s) cornerstone events that […]

Written by on December 14, 2020

Crain Caton & James Named to the 2021 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

HOUSTON, November 5, 2020 – Crain Caton & James is pleased to announce that it was ranked by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 14 practice areas, two national and twelve metropolitan rankings – Houston for 2021.  According to U.S. News, firms included “are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients […]

Written by on November 5, 2020

Despite the Pandemic Gremlin, Crain Caton & James Carves Out Some Fun!

Armed with a pumpkin-carving kit, pumpkin and a plan, Team Crain Caton & James set out to compete and win the Five Houston Center Pumpkin-Carving Contest.  The four wizards who skillfully used a serrated knife to transform ordinary pumpkins into ghoulish delights were: Gabriela Barake, Veronica Gallegos, Caroline Pace, and Ana Rendon.  “When carving a […]

Written by on October 22, 2020

Media Taps Crain Caton & James Shareholder and COCI for Comments on Impact of Pandemic on At-Risk Students

Rob Wisner, shareholder in our Banking and Financial Practice, is also the Chairman of the Board of Cherish Our Children Inc. (COCI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on working with children who have experienced the trauma of having a parent incarcerated.  More than 125,000 children in Houston have an incarcerated parent. While COVID-19 has drastically […]

Written by on October 12, 2020

Crain Caton & James Welcomes New Corporate, Business and Tax Shareholder

Houston,TX, October 6, 2020 – Crain Caton and James is pleased to announce that Adrienne Randle Bond has joined the Firm as a shareholder in the Corporate, Business and Tax Area.  Adrienne’s dynamic career includes more than 35 years of working with E&P and oil field companies as well as digital start-up organizations and entrepreneurs.  […]

Written by on October 8, 2020

HBJ Prints Op-Ed Co-Authored by Rob Wisner on Emotional Impact of Pandemic on Learning for At-Risk Students

Our own Rob Wisner, banking and financial institutions shareholder and chairman of Cherish Our Children Inc. (COCI), and Ken Wells, president and CEO of COCI, recently wrote an op-ed piece published by the Houston Business Journal. The op-ed which is titled It’s Time to Plan for The Emotional Recovery of Our Students focuses on the emotional impact and the long-term financial effects of the pandemic on at-risk students.

Written by on September 30, 2020

Crain Caton & James Lawyers Selected to 2020 Texas Super Lawyers List

Crain Caton & James is delighted to announce ten lawyers have been selected to the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.   Our 2020 Texas Super Lawyers (in order of photo […]

Written by on September 23, 2020

Crain Caton & James names new Executive Committee Member and President

Houston (September 1, 2020) – Crain Caton & James is pleased to announce that Peter G. Nemeth has been named Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee and President of the Firm, and that Mindy McGehee Riseden has been elected to the Firm’s Executive Committee. Peter has 35 years of legal experience, during which time he […]

Written by on September 1, 2020

Six Crain Caton & James Attorneys Included in the Inaugural Edition of the Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch List

Houston, Texas, August 20, 2020 – Crain Caton & James congratulates six attorneys for their inclusion on the inaugural Best Lawyers Ones to Watch list (2021 edition).  Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best […]

Written by on August 20, 2020

Two New Attorneys Join Crain Caton & James

Crain Caton & James announced today that Will Stafford joined the Firm’s Corporate Business Transactions and Tax Practice Group as Of Counsel and Rebecca D. Grant joined the Fiduciary Litigation and Probate, Trust and Guardianship Practice Groups as an associate.

Written by on July 30, 2020

Supreme Court Holds BOOKING.com Protected

Writing for a 6-3 majority, Justice Gorsuch (Alito, Kavanaugh & Thomas dissented) acknowledged that while the drafters of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might not have imagined the Act would be invoked by homosexual or transgender employees claiming its protection, “the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.”

Written by on July 6, 2020

Illinois Court Holds that Force Majeure Clause Excuses Restaurant from Full Rental Payments During COVID-19 Restrictions

Writing for a 6-3 majority, Justice Gorsuch (Alito, Kavanaugh & Thomas dissented) acknowledged that while the drafters of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might not have imagined the Act would be invoked by homosexual or transgender employees claiming its protection, “the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.”

Written by on June 26, 2020

Employers Can’t Require COVID-19 Antibody Tests Per EEOC

Writing for a 6-3 majority, Justice Gorsuch (Alito, Kavanaugh & Thomas dissented) acknowledged that while the drafters of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might not have imagined the Act would be invoked by homosexual or transgender employees claiming its protection, “the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.”

Written by on June 18, 2020

SCOTUS says Title VII applies to Homosexual or Transgender Employees

Writing for a 6-3 majority, Justice Gorsuch (Alito, Kavanaugh & Thomas dissented) acknowledged that while the drafters of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might not have imagined the Act would be invoked by homosexual or transgender employees claiming its protection, “the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.”

Written by on June 15, 2020

Marty Olson Elected President of Houston Area Legal Professionals

On Monday, May 4, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a temporary rule relaxing certain requirements for capital raises under Regulation Crowdfunding. The SEC hopes that the temporary rule will make it easier for small and early-stage businesses to launch capital-raising campaigns during the coronavirus pandemic.

Written by on June 5, 2020

What the COVID-19 Pandemic means for your contract or lease in Texas

On Monday, May 4, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a temporary rule relaxing certain requirements for capital raises under Regulation Crowdfunding. The SEC hopes that the temporary rule will make it easier for small and early-stage businesses to launch capital-raising campaigns during the coronavirus pandemic.

Written by on June 2, 2020

SEC Committee Urges Better ESG Disclosures

On Monday, May 4, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a temporary rule relaxing certain requirements for capital raises under Regulation Crowdfunding. The SEC hopes that the temporary rule will make it easier for small and early-stage businesses to launch capital-raising campaigns during the coronavirus pandemic.

Written by on May 22, 2020

PPP Safe Harbor Deadline Approaches on May 14, 2020

On Monday, May 4, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a temporary rule relaxing certain requirements for capital raises under Regulation Crowdfunding. The SEC hopes that the temporary rule will make it easier for small and early-stage businesses to launch capital-raising campaigns during the coronavirus pandemic.

Written by on May 12, 2020

SEC Temporarily Relaxes Crowdfunding Rules

On Monday, May 4, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a temporary rule relaxing certain requirements for capital raises under Regulation Crowdfunding. The SEC hopes that the temporary rule will make it easier for small and early-stage businesses to launch capital-raising campaigns during the coronavirus pandemic.

Written by on May 5, 2020

Mitigation Project Settlements May Thrive with the Death of SEPs

The current US Department of Justice’s antagonism to the use of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) to reduce fines paid in settlements of environmental enforcement cases is well known.  A March 12, 2020 memorandum by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark has now definitively prohibited DOJ lawyers from including SEPs in settlements.  In contrast, many states, including […]

Written by on March 16, 2020

Lawyer Jill Gets Dog Namesake

Lawyer Jill Gets Dog Namesake Have You Ever Named Your Dog After Your Attorney? Meet Crain Caton & James’s shareholder, Jill Panagos, who recently learned her long-time client, Ed Shinn and his wife Shann, named their beloved new baby Corgi, Jill! Ed is the President and founder of Crossroads Insurance Recovery Advocates, LLC and thinks […]

Written by on March 5, 2020

James (Jim) Smith Presents at 4C Health, Safety, and Environmental Conference

Jim Smith, Environmental Shareholder, is presenting at the 2020 4C Health, Safety, and Environmental Conference.  The Conference is February 19-21 at the Hilton Austin.  On presentation day, February 20, he will speak on “Federal, State and Local Enforcement.” More information is at https://www.4cconference.com/ Details: Federal, State and Local Enforcement The presentation will highlight recent federal […]

Written by on February 18, 2020

David A. Polsinelli and Joe R. Savoie Promotion

We’re thrilled to announce that David A. Polsinelli and Joe R. Savoie have been named senior associates effective January 1, 2020. “Dave and Joe are shining stars in our firm’s litigation practice.  They are effective attorneys who have a proven track record of working well with clients and delivering results.   We are excited that […]

Written by on January 9, 2020

Crain Caton & James has named the Executive Committee for 2020

We’re proud to announce that Crain Caton & James has named the Executive Committee for 2020. H. Miles Cohn will assume the role as President effective January 1, 2020. “Miles has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2016 and is very familiar with the firm’s culture and governing process. He is highly regarded […]

Written by on December 19, 2019

Crain Caton & James Elects Two New Shareholders

Crain Caton & James promoted two lawyers, Kathleen Tanner Beduze and  Joshua R. Flores to shareholder effective January 1, 2020. “Kathleen and Josh continue to demonstrate their commitment to the firm and their clients.  We are pleased to welcome them as shareholders and look forward to their continued success in the firm and community,” said […]

Written by on December 18, 2019

CCJ Congratulates Three Women Attorneys Selected to the Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in Texas

We are pleased to announce that shareholders Sarah Patel Pacheco, Jill Panagos, and Darlene Payne Smith were listed on the Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in Texas 2020.  Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional […]

Written by on December 16, 2019

Crain Caton & James Adopts over 75 HYLF Angels

Packages wrapped in holiday colors filled our offices as elves eagerly wrapped gifts for more than 75 Angels as part of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation (HYLF) Adopt-an-Angel program. The Firm’s involvement was led by Joe Savoie who is on the Board of Trustees for HYLF. The HYLF Adopt-an-Angel program relies on Houston law firms […]

Written by on December 12, 2019

Environmental Groups Take Aim at Plastics Industry

On December 3, 2019, a coalition of over 360 environmental groups and community organizations submitted a Petition to US EPA demanding EPA update its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) that apply to facilities that convert fossil fuels into plastics. First Amendment and APA The Petition states […]

Written by on December 9, 2019

Rob Wisner Provides Professional Insights

Recently, Rob Wisner, leader of the banking and financial services practice at Crain Caton & James, gave a speech to provide Allegiance Bank’s Eldridge Parkway Branch insights into lending to Series LLCs. Rob advised that the best practice for lenders who decide to lend to a series is to perform the following due diligence: Review […]

Written by on October 21, 2019

Darlene Payne Smith Recognized as a 2019 Texas Trailblazer

HOUSTON – October 10, 2019 – Darlene Payne Smith, shareholder and mediator with Houston-based Crain Caton & James, was recognized as a 2019 Texas Trailblazer by Texas Lawyer for her work defending elderly and disabled people against financial exploitation and abuse. Smith’s passion for protecting this large and increasingly vulnerable population developed after hearing from countless Baby Boomers, […]

Written by on October 10, 2019

Crain Caton & James Lawyers Named to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers List

Our 2019 Texas Super Lawyers (in order of photo from left to right) Robert E. (Robin) Morse, III (Environmental); Jill Panagos (Employment & Labor); Charles D. Maynard, Jr. (Real Estate); Jeffrey I. Horowitz (Real Estate); Sarah Patel Pacheco (Estate & Trust Litigation); Darlene Payne Smith (Estate & Trust Litigation); Larry George (Estate & Probate); H. Miles […]

Written by on August 29, 2019

The Best Lawyers in America in their 2020 Edition

We’re thrilled to announce that twelve of our lawyers have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in their 2020 Edition! Congratulations to Robert E. Morse III (Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental), Jill Panagos (Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment), Jason L. Davis (Real Estate Law), Chasity W. Cooper (Trusts and […]

Written by on August 15, 2019

Crain Caton & James Welcomes Two New Attorneys

Houston, TX, July 8, 2019:  Crain Caton & James announced today that Caroline C. Pace joined the Firm’s Corporate Business Transactions and Tax Practice Group as a senior associate and Gabriela M. Barake joined the Fiduciary Litigation and Probate, Trust and Guardianship Practice Groups as an associate. Caroline focuses her practice on corporate and business […]

Written by on July 8, 2019

Rob Wisner Speaks on Representing Financial Institutions

Need MCLE credits? Join our very own Robert R. Wisner for a seminar on Representing Financial Institutions, June 14 from 1-2:30 at Heritage Plaza. This Houston Bar Association seminar will define what a financial institution is, what and who your client is, and who regulates the financial institution. It will also address professional liability considerations and substantive […]

Written by on June 13, 2019

Joshua R. Flores Earns Unanimous Jury Verdict

On March 20, 2019 firm Senior Associate, Joshua R. Flores, earned an unanimous jury verdict on a breach of contract matter in the 334th District Court of Harris County, Texas. After a three-day trial, the jury found the opposing party breached the contract at issue and awarded Mr. Flores’ client all of his attorneys’ fees, […]

Written by on March 21, 2019

Four Attorneys Named to 2019 Texas Rising Stars List

Crain Caton & James congratulates attorneys Allison T. Beckham, Kathleen Tanner Beduze, Joshua R. Flores, and David A. Polsinelli for being named to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars list published by Super Lawyers. Allison focuses her practice in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Fiduciary Litigation, and Appellate Law and has been on the list from […]

Written by on March 5, 2019

Sarah Patel Pacheco Named to Texas Top 50 Women’s List by Super Lawyers

HOUSTON-January 4, 2019 – Sarah Patel Pacheco, shareholder and president of Crain Caton & James, was named to the 2019 Super Lawyers Texas Top 50 Women’s List.  Sarah was recognized for using her extensive experience in litigation, accounting, tax, and estate and trust law to fight for clients whether she is representing individuals or financial institutions. […]

Written by on January 4, 2019

Crain Caton & James Elves Wrapped over 250 Gifts for Adopt an Angel Program

HOUSTON-December 5, 2018 -Conference rooms at Crain Caton and James were filled with shiny bikes, glittery-covered packages, and festive music as firm members wrapped gifts for the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation’s (HYLF) Adopt an Angel Program.  This program rallies the legal community “to meet the needs and provide gifts to some of Houston’s neediest children.”  Firm […]

Written by on December 5, 2018

Roadmap for Fiduciaries and Other Professionals to Avoid Being Sued

HOUSTON, November 15, 2018 – Sarah Patel Pacheco, spoke on Fiduciary Pitfalls to the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council.  Kathleen Tanner Beduze and Chasity W. Cooper assisted her with the written matters.  The program offered a roadmap for fiduciaries and other professionals to avoid becoming involved in litigation.  Sarah discussed central considerations and measures which may allow fiduciaries to fulfill their […]

Written by on November 15, 2018

Crain Caton & James Named to U.S. News 2019 “Best Law Firms” List

HOUSTON, November 1, 2018 – Crain Caton & James is pleased to announce that is listed on U.S. News 2019 “Best Law Firms” List.  The firm is listed on two national and eight regional rankings.  See below for the complete listing. National Rankings Litigation – Environmental (Tier 2) Environmental Law (Tier 3) Regional Rankings – Houston Tier […]

Written by on November 1, 2018

Crain Caton & James Names Sarah Patel Pacheco Firm President

Sarah Patel Pacheco, a leading fiduciary litigator, has again been named President of Crain Caton & James (CCJ). She has been a member of the firm’s executive committee for close to 10 years and practiced law in Houston for over 20 years. “Sarah is an outstanding attorney with extensive knowledge of firm management and client […]

Written by on September 17, 2018

New Guidance New Day for FLSA

Shareholder Kim Stuart updates clients on the U.S. Department of Labor’s latest opinion letters addressing significant issues under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Each of these opinions showcases the agency’s pro-business direction under the new administration.  The four specific opinions discussed include: Business-to-Business Sales Forces May Be Exempt from Overtime No Pay for […]

Written by on September 5, 2018

Rob Wisner Shares Cherish Our Children International Success

CCJ banking attorney Rob Wisner is the Chairman of the Board of Cherish Our Children International (COCI), which is an organization whose “mission is to create sustainable solutions for the world’s most vulnerable children.”  Through their No More Victims program they work with at-risk students of incarcerated parents.  COCI, through its No More Victims program, […]

Written by on August 27, 2018

Crain Caton & James Attorneys Assist Candor Midstream

Crain Caton & James’ attorneys, led by corporate shareholders Jonathan Bickham and David Griffis, with assistance from real estate shareholder Jason Davis and tax shareholder Larry George, were legal advisers to Candor Midstream in $200 million commitment from EnCap Flatrock. http://www.kallanishenergy.com/2018/08/22/candor-secures-200m-commitment-from-encap

Written by on August 23, 2018

Crain Caton & James Attorneys Assist Moda Midstream in Terminal Acquisition

Crain Caton & James and Baker Botts served as legal counsel to Moda Midstream in their acquisition of Oxy Ingleside Energy Center and certain crude oil and LPG infrastructure from Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY).  The companies have entered into a definitive agreement and the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.  […]

Written by on August 22, 2018

Eight CCJ Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America 2019 List Edition

Crain Caton & James congratulates eight of its lawyers for being named to the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers, a highly regarded peer review publication for the legal profession. The list includes: C. Vance Christopher Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Jill Panagos (since 2013) Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor […]

Written by on August 15, 2018